The University of Michigan Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) is hiring a Police Captain to join their department in Flint, Michigan. This position reports to the UM-Flint Chief of Police and works closely with U-M Flint and DPSS leadership to implement best practices for police and public safety in a university environment. The selected candidate will have demonstrated leadership experience working with external law enforcement agencies.

This position also requires flexibility in working various days and hours. Applicants must be willing to adjust their scheduled workdays and hours based on the community’s needs and the unit’s responsibilities. 

Police Captain Position Opening

DPSS leads all public safety functions within the university, including police, security, and emergency management, and offers an integrated approach to safety and security, operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of Public Safety is part of the division. We employ those who actively embrace and uphold our values of respecting differences, promoting equitable practices, and fostering intentional inclusion. This means creating an environment where everyone in our community feels valued, welcomed, and safe. 

The salary range is $115,000 to $118,000.


The chosen applicant will perform the following tasks for the University of Michigan Police Captain position:

    • Serve as an advisor to the Police Chief, providing updates regarding investigations, status of projects, and personnel matters, and serve as the Police Chief in their absence.
    • Help develop and implement our long-term safety and security needs, strategy, direction, and outreach methods in alignment with DPSS strategic objectives.
    • Assist the Chief with planning, developing, updating, and implementing predictive and preventive-focused policies and protocols along with financial management for UM-Flint Department of Public Safety, including developing and implementing annual budgets.
    • Provide leadership in preventing crime and incidents through the management of police and public safety personnel.
    • Implement community policing principles and utilize emergency management planning and training.
    • Provide leadership and management for community engagement efforts, including but not limited to educational initiatives with the community concerning preventing crime and harm reduction on campus, and special and major events.
    • Establish department protocols in conjunction with DPSS leadership for administering delegated enforcement of local, state, and federal laws and University policies, ordinances, and federal compliance mandates.
    • Participate in key communication and problem-solving groups on a recurring or as-needed basis.
    • Lead partnership-building with the University community, the division, and other law enforcement agencies.
    • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice or related field.
    • Seven years of law enforcement experience.
    • Five years of supervisory experience with at least two in an upper management role.
    • Complete the State of Michigan or another state’s equivalent accredited police academy training program. Must obtain MCOLES licensure within the first six months of employment.
    • Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Michigan driver’s license with a good driving record and exhibit the ability to operate motor vehicles.
    • Working knowledge of state and federal regulatory agencies, their laws, and enforcement.
    • Knowledge of current methods and technical phases of criminal investigations and patrol and investigative techniques.
    • Prior experience with union staff and collective bargaining agreements.
    • Functional knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google Workspace.
    • Demonstrated ability to initiate and maintain productive and collaborative relationships with internal and external constituencies and diverse audiences, including other law enforcement agencies, community organizations, news media, and others.

Why Work at Michigan?

In addition to a career filled with purpose and opportunity, the University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include:

  • Generous time off, including parental leave.
  • A retirement plan that provides two-for-one matching contributions with immediate vesting.
  • Many choices for comprehensive health insurance.
  • Life insurance.
  • Long-term disability coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare and dependent care expenses.

Eligibility for benefits is based on your job group, your appointment percentage, and the length of your appointment. Learn more about employee benefits and eligibility and download the Comprehensive Benefits for Faculty and Staff flier.

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How to Apply

To apply for the University of Michigan Police Captain, visit the website. The deadline to apply for this position is May 19, 2024 (Job openings are posted for at least seven calendar days). The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period.

Please include a cover letter by attaching it as the first page of your resume, address your specific interest in the position and DPSS, and outline the skills that directly relate to this position.

If selected to move forward in the process, we will contact you through email by Spark Hire (video interview vendor) and may submit a video presentation answering pre-screening questions, at no cost to you.

**You must pass a comprehensive public safety background investigation, physical evaluation, psychological evaluation, and drug screening**

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process or the police officer position in general, contact Sirena Crawford by phone at (734) 763-1131 or

Additional Information

All Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) members are considered Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) under The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. As such, you must report Clery reportable offenses that come to your attention. DPSS employees are required to complete Clery Compliance Training within the first 14 days of employment and annually thereafter.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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